Ezra Pound of Hailey, Idaho

Pound drove west to east, from San Francisco to Elko, Nevada.  

He stopped for a burrito in Fernley, astonished by the number of cars lined up at the drive-thru lanes at McDonalds, Jack-in-the-Box, and Taco Bell. Seeing the long lines of cars waiting for their infrared hamburgers and chimichangas, Pound, a nascent environmentalist, thought “now there is a symbol with a capital S.”

Driving east, Pound took a bathroom break in Winnemucca. Making water in the latrine of a Chevron station there, Pound snapped the photo below. 

Driving on toward Elko, famous dictum that was to become so famous—the natural object is always the adequate symbol”—came upon him.  It was at that moment that Pound decided to drive on to Hailey, Idaho so that he could be born all over again.

 Sign above latrine, Chevron service station, Winnemucca, NV, said to have inspired the poet Pound, leading him to formulate his famous dictum about object and symbol. July 13, 2018. 

Sign above latrine, Chevron service station, Winnemucca, NV, said to have inspired the poet Pound, leading him to formulate his famous dictum about object and symbol. July 13, 2018.